The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main will cost around $ 100 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 42.
3 h 51 m
4 h 59 m
Trains per day
Of the 41 train that leave Zurich for Frankfurt am Main every day 7 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 306 km distance in an average of 4 h 59 m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 3 h 51 m .
The slowest train will take 9 h 32 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
5 hours 57 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||$26|
|Trains depart from:||Zurich|
|Trains arrive in:||Frankfurt am Main|
|Train Companies:||Deutsche Bahn|
One of Europe's busiest connections for bankers and business travelers, direct trains to Frankfurt from Zurich also offer a convenient and quick travel option for anyone planning a leisure trip to the German city. Daily direct services take around four hours to reach Frankfurt, with regular departures from morning through to mid-evening. Additional indirect connections from Zurich offer alternative travel options, usually with longer journey times.
German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn provides all the daily direct trains from Zurich to Frankfurt am Main, using their ICE express trains. Indirect routes use Deutsche Bahn services with a change en route at Stuttgart, Olten or Basel, or Austrian provider OBB's late evening connection via Mannheim.
Most Deutsche Bahn high-speed trains cover the 177-mile route from Zurich to Frankfurt in three hours and 52 minutes. Late afternoon and mid-evening weekday services and Sunday connections take around 15 to 20 minutes longer. The fastest indirect connection is the mid-afternoon departure from Zurich, via Olten, taking three hours and 59 minutes to reach Frankfurt .
Deutsche Bahn schedules offer seven direct trains to Frankfurt from Zurich on weekdays, and six at weekends. Departures are roughly every two hours from early morning to mid-evening. In addition, there are about 15 daily indirect trains requiring one change en route, with departures from early morning to late evening.
Departure train station: The largest station in Switzerland, Zurich Hauptbahnhof is located in the heart of the city, with public transport connections on local S-Bahn trains. The station has a large shopping mall, with cafe-bars, gift stores, a pharmacy, left luggage lockers, and book stores.
Arrival train station: Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof is where all passengers will alight the service. Located on the west side of central Frankfurt, the main rail station has links to the center on U-Bahn lines 4 and 5 and four S-Bahn lines, which take just five minutes. Passenger facilities in five departure halls include cafe-bars, gift stores, and left luggage lockers.